YPFP Executive and Senior Leadership
Alex Penler is Managing Director of Communications at YPFP. She previously served as Director of Social Media overseeing 20 YPFP social media channels with a reach of over 200,000 in 170 countries. Alex has been a member of YPFP since 2015.
Alex works as a communications officer for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program at AMIDEAST, managing the strategy and operations of the Fulbright program in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously she worked for Unicef UK and on a USAID project, AIDSFree, at John Snow, Inc. Originally from Washington, DC and Cleveland, OH, she obtained a BA in Political Science and History from Saint Mary's-Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where she studied in Rome and at American University. She received a Master's of Science with Distinction from the London School of Economics in Colonialism and Globalization (History of International Relations). In her free time, Alex enjoys traveling, cooking/ baking, and writing novels.
Fabio Bauer is the Executive Director of YPFP Brussels. In this role, he leads the branch and its long-term planning and strategic development, in addition to representing the branch within the wider Brussels community.
Fabio is a Talent Development Specialist in an American HR global advisory firm. He moved to Brussels after a successful career in Peru as economist at Weber Shandwick - Apoyo. He was also a Fellow from the Global Competitiveness Leadership Programme hosted by the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
A joint Belgo-Peruvian, Fabio holds a MA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and a MA in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Fabio speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Katie oversees internal staff management and works alongside the Executive Director in the long-term planning and strategic development of the branch. She previously served as Social Media Officer and as Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing for YPFP Brussels.
Katie is from the UK and spent nine years studying Classics at the University of Oxford (with a year at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris as an exchange student), emerging in 2013 with a doctorate on the work of the Roman historian Tacitus. She has published academic articles on Roman history and historiography and, while her interests now extend to contemporary politics, foreign policy and communications, also writes fairly regularly about potential parallels between the ancient past and the present day.
She came to Brussels in early 2015, initially to work at the European Economic and Social Committee, one of the EU's component institutions. After a spell in the private sector, she is currently Web Editor at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy. Outside work, she enjoys making the most of Brussels' many transport links to the rest of Europe, and back in the UK created and ran a successful restaurant blog for three years.
Antony Underwood is the Executive Director of YPFP London, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the branch’s overall strategy while overseeing its Membership, Partnerships, Programming and Communications teams. He has been with YPFP London since 2013, working in a number of positions in the Communications team prior to his appointment as Executive Director in November 2016.
Antony’s career has been spent working for the UK Government in a number of roles in the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office. A native of the capital, he has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MA in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics.